Essential info for activators
Target summit: YO/EC-566 "Muncelul Mic" - www.sota.org.uk/Summit/YO/EC-566
Our Route: In the village of Ostra we made a right turn on a dirt road and drove for about 5 km until we reached a "ranger" cabin (cabin on the right, stream on the left of the road). After we parked the car, we started to climb next to the cabin on something that resembled a trail. A pretty steep climb all the way to the top.
GPS Track: a) The access road - www.wandermap.net/en/route/3514613-muncelul-mic-drum-acces-1
b) The actual climb (only the southern trail section - ends at the top; the northern trail was drawn just in case) - www.wandermap.net/en/route/3514615-muncelul-mic-ec566-aproximativ
(download the tracks by clicking on "Export GPS data").
GSM coverage: Scarce, only at the top.
Summit conditions: Open, but with the tree line about 20 meters away from the highest point. Quite windy.
A hard climb from bottom to top, but very short (around 1km). Despite the sunny day, the air was cold and the wind made it worse. We scheduled S2S contacts with two other summits. One group went on Magura Sarata. It consisted of YO8SST, YO8AZQ and YO8SFF. The other group, formed by YO8SDF and YO8SSH, climbed Alunisul. We were all pretty close together, the summits being somewhat rectilinear and accessible from the same valley and road. Andrei and myself were in the middle, at about 10 kilometers south from Magura Sarata and 8 km north of Alunisul. The propagation on shortwaves, as usual lately, was very limited. The 18MHz was almost completely dead (we managed to get 3 contacts in about half an hour of constant calling), while the 14MHz was better, but not exceptional either. As a result we packed up earlier than planned and used the spare time to wander around the woods for a bit. A nice day, all in all.
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